Electric and Magnetic Fields

The use of electricity in our everyday lives creates electric and magnetic fields (EMF). Common sources of EMF are:

  • Wiring in our homes and schools
  • Power lines and utility facilities that bring electricity to us
  • Electrical equipment and devices we use at work and home

Some of the most prestigious U.S. and international scientific organizations have evaluated the EMF research. None of these organizations has found that exposure to power frequency EMF causes or contributes to cancer or any other disease or illness. Their reviews generally conclude that while some epidemiology studies report an association with childhood leukemia, which warrants further research, the scientific studies overall have not demonstrated that EMF causes or contributes to any type of cancer or other disease.

Additional Sources of Information

We encourage people who are interested to learn more about EMF. Public information on EMF is available from many sources, including: